Barber Race Review: PSI Edition

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Young gun Josef Newgarden turned what could have been another hum drum, Penske win from pole into a fairly memorable, exciting race – for a motorbike track.

It was Will “Sour Grapes” Power’s race to lose and he did, handing the newest teammate his first win for the Cap’n and failing to crack the top twelve for the fifth consecutive race. A cut Firestone was the culprit, or rather the hero of the day. Power slowed inexorably, giving PSI an entirely new meaning.

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Ryan Hunter-Reay (with the hyphen here to stay) and Long Beach winner James Hinchcliffe tangled at the start, leading to a third lap caution as RHR’s damaged front wing littered the track. Dale Coyne’s rookie phenom Ed Jones suffered damage due to the debris ruining his day, as well.

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During the initial melee the aged Tony Kanaan gambled and lost, though his Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon advanced to third and remained firmly in contention all day. Continue reading

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Sonoma Finale Predictions and Prognostications: Rude As Hell Edition

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IndyCar’s season finale will take place Sunday at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California, rudely enough. In case you’ve been living in a frickin’ cave lately, NoCal’s the home of everyone’s favorite bench warming quarterback, the extremely rude and disrespectful Colin Kaepernick. He’s known primarily for his spectacular fall from grace, as well as his prima donna precociousness and pre-game protests of the national anthem. Now IndyCar with its ill-mannered front runners is crashing Kap’s bitch session.

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For our thorough thoughts on the championship battle, see “IndyCar Championship: Evil of Two Lessers.” In perfect keeping with our extremely rude theme, Frenchman Simon Pagenaud will prevail in the championship battle, beating out his ill-tempered team mate “Mad” Will Power. Pags winning the points sweepstakes is highly appropriate, for not only is Cali known for wine, but now thanks to Kap also for whining – as well as losing football teams, Hollywood hucksterism, in your face government, impolite levels of taxation and widespread flight from the state. How rude.

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Our special prediction for the finale is Continue reading

Sour Grapes Power & His Buzz Killing Crew

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If you thought “Mad” Will Power was agitated after his contact and crash with Takuma Sato Saturday, you should have seen our editorial board’s reaction when he uttered his over the top “crazy” comments during the race. Power’s outburst was completely uncalled for and we at IRR were absolutely livid that he, Kanaan and Montoya – the three stooges of IndyCar – would make such negative comments about their sport, not to mention so publicly and matter of factly.

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No fans of Will Power going back years, Kanaan and Juan also just made our list after their god-awful, over wrought and extremely emotional display at Fontana. We felt precisely the same as owner/driver Ed Carpenter who – although his perspective didn’t make NBCSN’s air – said, “I just hate that the first thing that guys do is get out and slam the sport.”

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You don’t see such lambasting from participants of other sports – certainly not going to the extreme of repeatedly evoking death, for goodness sake – and the whole hideous display got us to wondering. Was their upset over Saturday’s classic race at Auto Club Speedway due simply to sour grapes? After all, American Graham Rahal driving a Honda won the 500 mile race, doing so over all the rest. Power’s rarely won on an oval in his career and it’s been almost a year since Kanaan won anything. JPM‘s the obvious exception, but his success doesn’t lessen the sting of his “too stupid” comments, ‘you know?’ If anything, it made them less palatable.  Continue reading